This is a photo taken under bright sunlight on May 1st. The one I just
sent was taken yesterday in late afternoon sun so the flower color
appears darker. The standards are actually a light apricot color.
We use a more discriptive numbering system. AH
designates there is I. aphylla species in the background and probably
many generations back: D = SDB: T = tall bearded: M
= Mixed genetics i.e. ((TB x SDB) X AH)) or (Diploid MTB x AH) X IB))
and S= a species I. aphylla is one of
the parents. AH 17 L 12
Then the first number is the number we
gave a particular cross when we planted the seed. The Letter in the middle indicates the year the
cross was made and the last number in the number
of the seedling that we selected in the cross. Many times we
may set 4-5 pods off the same cross so may have close to or over 200
seedlings from one cross. When we decide to keep a seedling for further
evaluation we number it according to it's location in the bed. In the
case of AH17L12, It has an tetraploid aphylla background, (both the
pod and pollen parent)= AH: It was the 17th cross we planted from seed,
it was hybridized in our 'L' year, and it was the 12th seedling that
was planted out in that particular cross.
However, if you are just asking about the plastic tags we use to
identify each cross .....they can be purchased at most farm supply
businesses. We purchase ours by the 1000's but you can often find them
sold in bundles of 100.
<'Very nice flower! What kind of labeling system are you using for
your crosses. Would love to see a better pic of it. Thanks.
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